My favorite thing to do is to make recommendations. If I could give everyone in the world my phone number and have them text me whenever they needed something specific (a date night restaurant in D.C., a Czech new wave film for a casual Saturday night in). I would do it. While I love talking about food and art and fashion and music and anything else under the umbrella of pop culture, I really excel at talking about horror movies. I should have a PhD in talking about horror movies. So I’m putting my knowledge to good use and recommending at least one horror movie a day throughout the month of October. Grab my hand and let me be your guide through some spooky cinema.
THE MOVIE: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Kanopy (In case you don’t know, it’s a free streaming service available through the DC Public Library. Get yourself a library card.)
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Strap yourself in and get ready for a long night filled with unsettling scenes, smarmy villains and plot points that are so sad they’re funny! If you enjoyed The Favourite and The Lobster, you’re ready for Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer. It’s the kind of film that feels two times longer than it actually is, but you kind of love every minute of it anyway. Also, I love that we’re living in a world where Colin Farrell is anyone’s muse. Good for you, buddy.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: I’m taking part in the horror movie that is the Bentzen Ball this weekend (kidding, get your tickets here), but the current plan brewing in my mind is to watch all three Poltergeist movies, plus the remake. Poltergeist was the first movie that really scared me and shook me to my core, and I’ve seen it many times since, but I’ve never explored the two weird sequels. Let’s explore this shadow realm together, shall we?